Minimum Wage: NLC Reject Govs Proposal

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has rejected the proposal of state governors pertaining to issue of new minimum wage.

State governors had on Tuesday proposed to pay N22,500 as the new minimum wage as against the currently paid N18,000.

This is despite the NLC and other labour unions insisting they had agreed with the federal government to accept N30,000 as minimum wage after extensive deliberations.

The unions had threatened to embark on an industrial action should the government refused to comply to their demand.

The position of the state governors appears to have angered the NLC whose president, Ayuba Wabba, on Wednesday told journalists that workers would now demand N66,500.

“The demand of Organised Labour is not N30,000; our demand is N66,500. Let me also put the record straight. The official demand of organised labour is N66,500 which from all indexes now we are going to refer back to it,” Mr Wabba said at a press conference.

“We wish to reiterate our position adopted at our National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of 23rd October, 2018 that any figure below N30,000 will not be accepted by us.

“We call on our members to continue to mobilise in preparation for the commencement of an indefinite strike on the 6th of November, 2018, if by then necessary steps have not been taken to adopt the recommendations of the Tripartite Committee.

“Nobody can undermine the contribution of Nigerian workers that create the wealth of our economy. I think it is an understatement and very petty to say that the working class is merely five per cent. Let them tell us what number does the political elites including themselves the governors constitute in the context and in the perception of Nigerian workers.

“We want to say clearly now that our position is that every governor should go back to his state because that is the entity that is organised by law, gather its worker and say that they are not willing to pay N30,000. Not coming to Abuja and now hide under a forum that is not known to law,” he said.

Already, a federal lawmaker has advised the governors to heed to the demand of the labour unions.

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